Favorite book dating site
In a bid to save others from a similar fate, Macdonald, co-founder of literary review website The Omnivore, decided to branch out into a dating service that matches couples according to their tastes in books.If there is now a dating site for every demographic, The Omnivore’s resulting “pin ups” section seems to be aimed at the “intello-hipster”, an urban subgroup who know their Dickens from their Deleuze and like their profile pictures sepia-tinged.Though you wouldn’t know he was if you tried to find his stuff in a bookshop: most of it hasn’t been translated into English yet, alas.” Macdonald said she also launched the project to show The Omnivore could do love as well as hate after its Hatchet Job of the Year award for savage book reviews attracted international attention – this year’s gong went to journalist Camilla Long for her take-down of Rachel Cusk’s Aftermath – and because literary tastes were often more revealing than generic dating profiles.Check her out on a date, but remember to bring her back on time!” While some of the answers are arguably less cringe-inducing than their mainstream online dating equivalents, others read like submissions to Private Eye’s Pseuds Corner.On some level, you're aware that not every conversation can be a witty, perfectly-crafted arrangement of words.But that doesn't keep you from feeling disappointed with weird, fumbling pick-up lines.The site’s creators then contact the pin-up to check the interest is mutual.
Anyone wanting to be a pin-up has to answer a series of questions: the sexiest book they have ever read, which author they have a crush on and what they’re reading next.
Curious browsers are invited to email and ask for a date.
Meet 30-year-old Richard from London, who when asked which book he would give someone he was trying to impress responds: “I’m about to give Umberto Eco's Foucault’s Pendulum to a girl who reads Dan Brown novels...
It’s so meta that after reading it, you question how many layers of reality there are in the world, and if they are in fact the same as layers of narrative or indeed, irony.” Or Jaspreet from Cambridge on the last book he read: “I just finished some of the Récits en rêves of Yves Bonnefoy, the most distinguished living French poet.
You're never, ever bored, you've got the whole proper grammar thing down, and you actually have better social skills than non-readers (yay, empathy! Still, loving books can present a few unique conundrums for your love life: What do you do when your significant other loathes your favorite genre, or is uninterested in reading altogether?
Even worse: What if he or she is also a bibliophile, but borrows your books, bends your spines and dog-ears your pages?